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Job 11:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born [as] a wild ass's colt.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For vain man would be wise, though man is born [like] a wild ass's colt.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Yet a senseless man will make bold, though man be born [like] the foal of a wild ass.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, an empty person, will get sense, when, a wild ass's colt, is born a man!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born free like a wild ass's colt.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For vaine man would be wise; though man be borne [like] a wilde asses coult.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— But man vainly buoys himself up with words; and a mortal born of woman [is] like an ass in the desert.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For vain 5014
{5014} Prime
נָבוּב
nabab
{naw-bab'}
A primitive root; to pierce; to be hollow, or (figuratively) foolish.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
would be wise, 3823
{3823} Prime
לָבַב
labab
{law-bab'}
A primitive root; properly to be enclosed (as if with fat); by implication (as denominative from H3824) to unheart, that is, (in a good sense) transport (with love), or (in a bad sense) stultify; also (as denominative from H3834) to make cakes.
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
though man 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
be born 3205
{3205} Prime
יָלַד
yalad
{yaw-lad'}
A primitive root; to bear young; causatively to beget; medically to act as midwife; specifically to show lineage.
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
[like] a wild ass's 6501
{6501} Prime
פֶּרֶא
pere'
{peh'-reh}
From H6500 in the secondary sense of running wild; the onager.
colt. 5895
{5895} Prime
עַיִר
`ayir
{ah'-yeer}
From H5782 in the sense of raising (that is, bearing a burden); properly a young ass (as just broken to a load); hence an ass colt.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 11:12

_ _ vain — hollow.

_ _ would be — “wants to consider himself wise”; opposed to God’s “wisdom” (see on Job 11:11); refuses to see sin, where God sees it (Romans 1:22).

_ _ wild ass’s colt — a proverb for untamed wildness (Job 39:5, Job 39:8; Jeremiah 2:24; Genesis 16:12; Hebrew, “a wild-ass man”). Man wishes to appear wisely obedient to his Lord, whereas he is, from his birth, unsubdued in spirit.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 11:7-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 11:12

Man — That since the fall is void of all true wisdom, pretends to be wise, and able to pass a censure upon all God's ways and works. Colt — Ignorant, and dull, and stupid, as to divine things, and yet heady and untractable.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 11:12

For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild (f) ass's colt.

(f) That is, without understanding, so that whatever gifts he has afterward come from God, and not from nature.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
For vain:
Heb. For empty,
Psalms 62:9-10 Surely men of low degree [are] vanity, [and] men of high degree [are] a lie: to be laid in the balance, they [are] altogether [lighter] than vanity. ... Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart [upon them].
Psalms 73:22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee.
Psalms 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

would:

Job 5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
Job 12:2-3 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you. ... But I have understanding as well as you; I [am] not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.
Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man. ... Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what [is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst tell?
Romans 12:16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. ... And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
James 3:13-17 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. ... But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

man be:

Job 15:14 What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

a wild:

Job 6:5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
Job 39:5-8 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? ... The range of the mountains [is] his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
Jeremiah 2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, [that] snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
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Jb 5:13; 6:5; 12:2; 15:14; 28:28; 39:5. Ps 51:5; 62:9; 73:22; 92:6. Pv 30:2. Ec 3:18. Jr 2:24. Ro 1:22; 12:16. 1Co 3:18. Ep 2:3. Jm 2:20; 3:13.

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11:12 For a piercing by an individual (rape) would be cause to allow enclosing (imprisonment), instead through “Those Enlightened (’adam),” citizens (of the Government of the ‘Self-Existent One’) to produce fruits (of acceptable behavior) by means of bearing their burdens (enduring afflictions).

As we all know, 'Iyowb, the Persecuted' is a stageplay, not an actual history of a physical person. In this scene, Tsowphar is trying to grasp the difference between those who get converts to religion through rape and what is expected of those who are to become citizens of the Government of the 'Self-Existent One [I AM]'--enduring affliction to show agreement with the "Mighty One ['el]."
- John Smith Jr (7/15/2012 8:49:48 AM)
11:12 For a piercing by an individual (rape) would be cause to allow enclosing (imprisonment), instead through “Those Enlightened (’adam),” citizens (of the Government of the ‘Self-Existent One’) to produce fruits (of acceptable behavior) by means of bearing their burdens (enduring afflictions).

As we all know, 'Iyowb, the Persecuted' is a stageplay, not an actual history of a physical person. In this scene, Tsowphar is trying to grasp the difference between those who get converts to religion through rape and what is expected of those who are to become citizens of the Government of the 'Self-Existent One [I AM]'--enduring affliction to show agreement with the "Mighty One ['el]."
- John Smith Jr (7/15/2012 6:56:56 AM)
The foolish things of the world ELohim choose to confound those who profess themselves to be wise. They have a worldly wisdom and the world hears them. Who amongst us has not heard a child state the obvious in their innocence that made you stop and go, "hmmm?" Yet, if a man of Elohim states the very same thing people's "offense meter" goes off the scale.

Now that being said, it is of little use to come across as Zophar did toward Job. He fell upon Job without grace, without mercy, and showed no signs of understanding toward Job. He made little effort to (1) get the whole story and much less (2) to accept what Job was trying to tell him. Zophar is the epitome of the hardened, ingrained, entrenched, habitual, deep-rooted religious bigots that infect society today.

In today's society it is easy to become entrenched in a position that "seems" to be correct. We need to be careful to not so "zealously" defend a position without (1) getting the full story and (2) getting Elohim's position on things.

In the end Job repented whereas his three friends did not. Elohim tells the three friends to bring a sacrifice to Job, and that Job would pray for them. Job, in a way, became their High Priest that offered to Elohim their sin sacrifice. I would definately say that it was a humbling experience to face a man they wronged and yet was there praying for their forgiveness.
- David "Eleazar" Kitchens (7/8/2012 3:23:14 AM)
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